Wheel of Fortune

THIS IS NOT A KNOB PROJECT | Productive Interaction | Jae Kim
2010 ADOBE DESIGN ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS | Non-Browser Based Design Semi-Finalist

People know that their time is limited and that they want things in their lives to happen in accord with their wishes. Realizing that their wishes have little power, they have sought technologies for gaining knowledge of the future and gain power over their lives. Because of this, many people in Europe and the Americas used many different methods for fortune telling such as tea leaves, astromancy, horary astrology, spirit boards, palm reading, and tarot cards.

For this project, I chose the Wheel of Fortune that is one of the symbols of the tarot cards. The Wheel of Fortune represents the intercession of random chance into a person's path. A common aspect to most interpretations of this card within a reading is to introduce an element of change in the person's life, such change being in station, position or fortune: such as the rich becoming poor, or the poor becoming rich. The Wheel of Fortune card has four interpretations; Turning point, Destiny, Surprises, and Life Cycles; i was trying to utilize the both effect of the "wheel of fortune", the meaning and the playfulness of the motion.

So I designed a physical model of the Wheel of Fortune. I used the mythopoetic graphic elements which generates a mystic and mysterious mood. I have created my own tarot system, which is divided into six different quadrants; The Devil, The Death, The Hermit, The Star, The Lover and The Sun. When you spin the wheel, a certain quadrant will get pointed and on the screen, it will show your future through a video that I created depending on the quadrant you landed in. There are six different videos that represents six of the each themes: The Death - The beginning of new life, The Devil - desire for physical things, The Hermit - need for prudence, The Star - a fresh hope, The Lover - harmony and union and The Sun - contentment and happiness. The experience of spinning the wheel will put you in a state of curiosity, anxiety, and displacement because you do not know what the answer will be revealed for you.

The physical interface that I created provides a chance to the audiences to experience both digital and traditional medium of predicting the future by manipulating the wheel. The video display, will be the digital representation of a traditional tarot card, yet its manner of showing will create a whole new experience.